Pairing Wine and Lunch in the CBC Fridge for the Food Bank

CBC All in a Day host Alan Neal and I sneak into the CBC kitchen to snoop into employee lunches and pair them with wine. You can listen to our chat above from the drive-home show.

It’s actually not as weird (or creepy) as it sounds … we’re kicking off the final 3 days of Food Fantasy fundraising for the Food Bank, with prizes like haTwoBooksRWD1ving a sommelier come to your home and pair wine and food for you and 11 friends.

In addition to being your personal sommelier for an evening, I’ll also bring along 12 signed copies of my book Red, White and Drunk All Over, and 12 bottles of my favourite value-priced gift wines as part of your prize.

All you have to do, is make a donation of any amount to the Food Bank here:

Specify in the “Comments” blank that you want to win the wine and food pairing evening prize with yours truly.

You only have until 11:59 pm Thursday, December 4 to do this, as prizes will be drawn on Friday’s show — donate now!

If you don’t live in the Ottawa/Gatineau area, you can give your prize to a friend or relative here (or christmas gift bag wine Bwait until you’re in town visiting to have the evening then).

Or you can simply donate some cash and indicate this prize in “Comments” but ask that another name of someone who lives here locally be drawn for it.

We may not be able to give wine to the Food Bank, but we certainly can share the great feeling of community. So let’s raise a glass together for a good cause, and help the Food Bank.

CBC heart logoFrom CBC’s site:

Matching Wine and Food with Natalie MacLean:

The editor of Canada’s largest wine review site ( will host a personally guided wine-tasting with food pairings in your home for you and 11 friends.

Natalie has also agreed to bring a dozen signed copies of her best-selling book, “Red, White and Drunk All Over,” and to sign a dozen bottles of her favourite value-priced gift wines for the holidays.

Give a book-and-bottle set to each of your guests, or hoard them for yourself as Christmas presents — it’s up to you.

After your evening, Natalie will be available to you, the host, for additional boozy advice for your holiday entertaining by phone, email or even a message in a bottle floated down the Ottawa River.

Posted with permission of CBC.



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